Tue, 10 Apr 2001
Dear Mr Wonderful,
What is the most blatant physical Epimenides Paradox outside of Christianity?
Dear Was (Not Was),
Epimenides and Jesus walk into a bar.
"What's your poison?" says Socrates the bartender.
"Just water for me," says Jesus.
"You're not getting away with that again," says Socrates. "I'm charging you for the glass."
Mister Wonderful's not really sure what you're getting at here. First off, the Epimenides Paradox isn't really a paradox. Traditionally, it goes: "'All Cretans are liars,' says Epimenides the Cretan."
So what? Some Cretans may be liars, and therefore Epimenides is lying, but that's not logically inconsistent. A stronger case is something like, "This statement is false." But only spotty philosophy majors get a hard-on over stuff like that.
Furthermore, since when is Christianity a physical thing? And even if it was, how does an all-embracing, world-changing religion founded by a martyr and based on principles of self-sacrifice express a self-defeating proposition? Well, okay, maybe that's not so obscure. Still. It's not the smoothest of intellectual leaps, Knieval.
I would say that an umbrella is blatantly self-defeating. If you bring one, you'll never need it. Same with condoms.